Is the structure of the traditional education system stifling the development of young players through a mechanistic view to learning?…

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What is coaching?   The question this week comes from Dan Wright, who was asked: “What is coaching?” Additional video…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright
Don’t miss this brilliant Masterclass Discussion with one of the UK’s top coach developers, Ben Bartlett from The FA. PDP...
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Dave Wright

How can I coach awareness?   The question this week comes from Nick via Facebook: “As an NPL (National Premier…

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

In the so-called olden days “to win” meant the struggle, not the outcome.  In this research paper, we find a…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

After a summer of unprecedented success at youth level, English football has demonstrated that there is no shortage of talent…

Jon Hoggard
Jon Hoggard
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How can I coach team captain attributes? The question this week comes from Stuart via Facebook: “If I have a…

Dave Wright
Dave Wright
In this Masterclass Discussion, PDP Lead Researcher James Vaughan shares his PhD research after a 12 month stay in Barcelona...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Is psychology being embraced in coaching environments? Many modern coaching courses and clubs have improved their advocacy of sports psychology, but…

Blaine McKenna
Blaine McKenna
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How can I combat slow starts in games?     The question this week comes from Mark via Twitter: “I…

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Coaching can be a balancing act. When should coaches step in and help and what approach to teaching should you…

Sporticus
Sporticus
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

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In a time when self promotion and self celebration seem to be the focus of an entire generation, Lara Mossman explains…

Lara Mossman
Lara Mossman
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Friday Q&A: How can I engage my players more quickly at the start of training?   The question this week…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

Claudio Ranieri’s dismissal as Leicester Manager this season has been one of the most controversial decisions in recent sporting history….

Jon Hoggard
Jon Hoggard
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The Big Idea First off, let’s set the context for this commentary paper.  As is the norm in most any…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper

Where does creativity come from? In this blog PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan discusses Yannick Bolasie’s infamous ‘360 flick’ and explores…

James Vaughan
James Vaughan
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Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear from one of England’s most successful academy managers on player development. PDP Editor,...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

The Portuguese Primeira Liga does not generate enough revenue for its clubs to compete with the ‘big boys’ of Europe….

John Vaughan
John Vaughan
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Should I separate goalkeepers from outfield players at training?   The question this week comes from John: “I have an…

Dan Wright
Dan Wright

Age appropriate learning is a vital consideration in coaching and positive player development. Children and adolescents aren’t just ‘small adults’. Understanding…

Dwayne Wooliams
Dwayne Wooliams
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How do we break down self-imposed barriers? How do our own limiting beliefs affect coaching performance? Founder of Fit Across…

Susan Salzbrenner
Susan Salzbrenner
5 minutes

Human movement is a fascinating topic and Player Development Project is fortunate enough to have discovered a group of researchers…

Dr. Laurie Rauch
Dr. Laurie Rauch
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PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

The domain of sports expertise is a much-discussed topic, with many researchers searching to find the one ‘golden thread’ that…

Nick Levett
Nick Levett
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One easy way to understand the big idea of this research study into improved talent development in a sport such…

William A. Harper
William A. Harper
Player Development Project believes who we are is how we play. We're thrilled to have Bristol Rovers Academy Manager, Jonny...
Dave Wright
Dave Wright

PDP Video Session Plans are adaptable sessions designed by academy coach, Dave Wright. All sessions show key focus points, set up, and progressions so you can use them in your next practice.

Dave Wright
Dave Wright

Can happiness impact performance? Former Professional golfer and President of New Edge Performance, John Haime explains how putting enjoyment before…

John Haime
John Haime
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